Forza Motorsport is one of the few major 2023 Xbox exclusives, and the developers of the racing sim are talking about a big game, from dynamic weather and changing track temperatures to small details like how dirt builds up on your car over the course of each lap.
“Damage and debris buildup is unique to each car,” Turn 10 vehicle art director, Gabriel Garcia, said today at the Xbox Developer Direct live stream. “It is now contextually aware and more localized. We simulate paint thickness, chipping and directionality. Debris buildup is more realistic and collects in low pressure areas such as alcoves and alcoves. These innovations tell the story of the work you put into a race and reflect the marks and scars of motorsport.”
During the presentation, Garcia and other Turn 10 developers proudly ticked off a slew of other detailed improvements for the eighth game in the series, including but not limited to:
- dynamic time of day and weather effects
- track temperatures that change with each lap
- better reflections thanks to an in-game spectrophotometer
- vegetation and vegetation with 10 times more detail
- regional track announcers
- more realistic suspension, exhaust and turbo audio
Zooming back out, the overall game will feature over 500 cars, 800 unique upgrades, and 20 environments, each with multiple track layouts, including the series’ first-ever South African race track, Kyalami. Turn 10’s message culminated in the impressive-sounding but ultimately unquantifiable claim that Forza Motorsport‘s physics engine features a bigger leap forward than the three most recent previous games combined.
It certainly sounds like the game will leverage the new generation of Xbox Series X hardware in a way existing first-party exclusives haven’t yet. And it must—Forza Motorsport comes out three years after the console launched and six years since the last game in the series. Hopefully it learns from it PS5s Gran Turismo and don’t let some grindy in-game progression and monetization overshadow the simulation elements when it arrives sometime before the end of 2023.